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Wednesday, 29 February 1984
Page: 188

(Question No. 564)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 1 December 1983:

(1) Who are the staff employed by the Hope Royal Commission on Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies.

(2) What is the particular office and function of each staff member.

(3) What staff members have previously been employed in any of Australia's security organisations, including Office of National Assessments.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1), (2) and (3): The staff of the Royal Commission into Australia's Security and Intelligence Agencies consists of the following:

the Secretary to the Commission (Mr B. Cox)

five research officers

two administrative officers

one registry officer

one clerical assistant

one word processing supervisor

two stenographers

The names of staff, other than the Secretary, are not given for reasons of security and of the privacy of the individuals concerned. However, in response to the particular issues which arise from part (3) of the question, the following additional information is given:

Two research officers were recruited from the Office of National Assessments. However, except for some overlap late in 1983 when the second ONA officer joined the Commission's staff while the first ONA officer was still completing his work , there has been only one ONA officer attached full time to the Commission. The officer who returned to ONA last year has, with the consent of ONA, continued to assist on a part-time basis with certain aspects of the Commission's work relevant to his earlier duties with the Commission;

One of the research officers was employed by the Defence Signals Directorate from 1971 to 1973;

Within the Royal Commission, duties are allocated to research staff in such a way as to ensure that conflict of interest situations do not arise.